In support of International Women’s Day March 8th, Reese Witherspoon is spearheading Avon’s launch of it’s Empowerment Bracelet, which can be purchased for $10 at Avon.com (100 percent of the net profits benefit the Avon Foundation for Women programs dedicated to ending violence against women). “The Avon Empowerment Bracelet is a simple, but powerful, way to raise funds to reduce violence against women,” said the actress, who serves as the beauty brand’s global ambassador. “As a women and as a mother, I urge you tojoin me on this very special anniversary of International Women’s Day to end this epidemic by wearing and giving the bracelet to friends and family.” The bracelet features assorted stones, glass and silverstone beads with an “infinity” charm, representing the unlimited opportunities for women when they live violence-free lives.
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS commissioned 22 of fashion’s leading designers and rising stars to create one special black dress each. On September 20 2010, at the New York Gallery of Phillips de Pury & Company, the dresses will be auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society and la Ligue nationale contre le cancer in France. Make sure to join them on Facebook to keep up with all the latest designs!
In a post-genocide environment Willa Shalit spearheaded the Path to Peace project which developed an American market for Rwandan women’s crafts. The collection creates trade partnerships with artisans in recovering regions to bring the power of change to Africa and Indonesia.
In less than two years the project has achieved unparalleled success in bringing economic security to the women of Rwanda. Their are several items including bracelets ( OBracelet and Sister bracelet), necklaces, baskets (which are the number one export out of Rwanda under the African Growth an Opportunity Act) and bowls.